MARY JO (MJ) KOLZE - Head 15s Coach 2019-2020 Club Season
View her interview with us on YouTube here
Coach MJ started playing volleyball at the YMCA when she was in 3rd grade. She started club in the 6th grade, and quickly became an extremely competitive player. She went to USA Volleyball Nationals for the first time during her 13's year, and started varsity for her high school all four years (playing outside hitter her freshman year and setter the next three years). During her high school career, Coach MJ was named All-Region all four years and All-State three years. Coach MJ was listed as a Prepvolleyball.com Academic All-American her senior year, and was named as the Arizona Big Schools Female Scholar Athlete of the Year for all sports.
Coach MJ values well-rounded and multi-sport athletes, as she has always played multiple sports (including all 4 years #1 on varsity for her high school’s tennis team). She was a member of a co-region championship soccer team and was named All-Region in tennis in her senior year of high school. After a successful high school career, Coach MJ achieved her dream of playing Division 1 college volleyball at Missouri State University, where she was on the team five seasons from 2010 to 2014 (with one red-shirt season). The team made two NCAA tournament appearances with Coach MJ, and she earned Second Team Academic All-Conference honors her senior season at MSU.
Coach MJ coached camps and clinics ranging from elementary through high school each spring and summer while she attended MSU. During the 2014-2015 club season, she head coached a developmental 14s team of 10 players for the Springfield Stars VBC. The following high school season, five of those players went on to make JV or Varsity teams, and the other five made their school’s freshmen team. During the 2018-2019 club season, Coach MJ served as a floater coach for No Panic as well as assisting 18-Rachel. One player from that team was recruited to play at NOVA starting in Fall 2019.
Coach MJ has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the Honors College at Missouri State University and a Master’s Degree in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology from George Mason University. She is currently in a PhD program for Industrial/ Organizational Psychology, with a focus on leader development, and has published multiple journal articles and conference presentations in the field. MJ coaches volleyball because she has a passion for developing young leaders through the sport that she loves.